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Video: Simon Rice talks through Manchester City's draw in the last 16 of the Champions League

Eric Abidal now captains the AS Monaco side

Eric Abidal reveals that former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves offered to donate part of his liver to the Frenchman when he needed a transplant last year

Abidal required the transplant after suffering from liver cancer and his cousin donated part of his when Alves couldn't

Samuel Eto'o admitted he would never play under Jose Mourinho until the current Chelsea boss changed his mind at Inter Milan

Striker had a 'tense' relationship with Mourinho due to the Chelsea-Barcelona rivalry but claims they are now friends after he linked up with the Portuguese boss at Stamford Bridge

The intermediary indicated Guardiola felt he could improve England

Revealed: How FA spurned chance to get Pep Guardiola as England manager

Former FA chairman David Bernstein did not follow up a call from an intermediary

Fabregas said yesterday it 'never went through my head not to continue here'

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas insists he never had any plans to leave Barcelona despite double bid from Manchester United

United offered £35m for the 26-year-old former Arsenal captain but midfielder confirms he never thought about leaving the club of his dreams

Cesc Fabregas has said that Mesut Ozil was the second best player at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas says Arsenal have signed the 'second best player at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo' in Mesut Ozil

Former Gunners captain was surprised Real allowed the Germany international to leave and insists he will be a great addition to the club

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Pep Guardiola seeks to win his first trophy with Bayern

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Revenge on the cards for Pep Guardiola against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho in the Uefa Super Cup

Bayern Munich have insisted that the Super Cup against Chelsea in Prague is not about revenge, but Pep Guardiola might feel differently.

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) and Brazilian forward Neymar celebrate with the Spanish Super Cup

Spanish Super Cup: Gerardo Martino dedicates Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid to Tito Vilanova

New manager praises his predecessor, who stood down amid a battle with cancer

Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

La Liga review: Adriano scores wonder-strike as Barcelona sneak 1-0 win over Malaga

Two wins out of two for the champions

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva ends Barcelona speculation by signing new deal with PSG

Brazil international puts pen to paper on deal through to 2018

Philippe Coutinho

World Cup dream drives Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian ended last season in fine form

Deals of the week - a Dublin break, a Barcelona escape, Lanzarote dining

Less than £200: Make the most of your bank holiday this month, with a two-night break in Dublin. Cresta Holidays is offering the trip for £199pp, including B&B at the three-star Lansdowne Hotel and Aer Lingus flights from Heathrow on Saturday 24 August. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Cesc Fabregas in pre-season action for Barcelona

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas puts an end to Manchester United interest by admitting he wants to stay at Barcelona

Midfielder has said he is 'very happy' with his dream club and that stories have been invented regarding a return to the Premier League

Marouane Fellaini is valued at £20m

New Manchester United manager David Moyes lines up bid for Everton linchpins Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines

Manchester United are expected to submit an imminent joint bid to Everton for both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, as manager David Moyes seeks through his former club the transfer market success that has eluded him elsewhere this summer.

<b>In second place... </b><br/><br/>
<b>LIVERPOOL</b><br/>
<b>Away kit</b><br/>
Liverpool's away kit has been among the most heavily criticised ahead of the start of the season. Some have described it as akin to a Christmas jumper - which will perhaps be apt during the festive fixture pile-up - but for the rest of the season it'll just look daft.
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<b>Reaction on Twitter...</b><br/><br/>
@ThisBipolarBear2h<br/>
The Liverpool away kit seems to be based on a Space Invaders clone from the mid 80s.
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@MD_Gooner
I don't blame Suarez for wanting to leave Liverpool... Who would want to be seen wearing their new away kit?

Poll results: Liverpool away kit is NOT the worst strip of the new season

But which club does come out on top in our poll?

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea